As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life — delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay — I hold this question as a guiding light: “What do I really need right now to be happy?” What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way.
Be open to love…
Feel that you are the life that shines in all bodies, in every mind, in every heart, and every soul.
You have to be engaged with what you’re doing now.
But I do think it’s important not to be apprehensive about looking forward and finding deeper meaning, to not become part of the masses and drab of society. Our desire for solitude is not from each other, but from the society whose “deeper meaning” is sex, money, and working dead end jobs- a society where people are running in circles.
You must surround yourself with people (or someone) closely spirited.
Love is the highest power. Not just romantic love, but universal love. The power of now, the power of spirituality, the power of knowledge are important in setting this foundation, but aren’t powerful in of themselves. Once we’ve figured this out simply watching the stars, being in front of a fire, or reading is an ecstasy in of itself. Any and every moment is powerful.
The one who wanders independent in the world, free from opinions and viewpoints, does not grasp them and enter into disputations and arguments. As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and the water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.
… the wind has its reasons. We just don’t notice as we go about our lives. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. The wind knows everything that’s inside you. And not just the wind. Everything, including a stone. They all know us very well. From top to bottom. It only occurs to us at certain times. And all we can do is go with those things. As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.
When I Am Among the Trees
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
With gratitude to Whiskey River.